I know I sound like a broken record when I say this, but I’m going to go ahead and say it anyways.  One of my FAV sessions to do is one year portrait sessions of the newborns I photographed a year prior. It is so fun for me to see how much they have grown and what they look like now.  This little guy was super content and relaxed  for his newborn session and not much has changed in terms of that for his one year. I could have had him hang out in the studio all day.  His parents are pretty cool too, so it must be where he gets it 😉

-Melissa

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Have you ever met someone and instantly just felt comfortable around them?  Thats how I felt with this family. They are so sweet and easy going. Their little girl is a hoot, and well… they are just plain great to me around! We chased some golden light and ended up with some great candid shots. Sometimes asking couples to get close for the more romantic shots can feel a bit awkward or uncomfortable at first. I totally get it, and thats why I give complete direction right down to how to place hands and fingers. For this young married couple though, they needed little to no direction and pure chemistry shines through in these images. Not to mention brit is an absolutely knock out! Thanks for making my job a breeze guys! Hopefully your newest addition makes my job easy too! ha  See you in a few weeks!

 

-Melissa

 

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This session was actually done in two parts. Jenn and I explored the beautiful beaches of Vancouver for an evening/hangout session and then a few days later did some with her 7 year old daughter. I think the mommy and me portion of this session is my favourite. Not so much because of the picture outcome but because its something special they got to do together before their little boy arrives. Capturing some sweet moments between mom and only child before life changes, is extra special.

It was great capturing this session for you Jenn, I hope you love them <3

Melissa

 

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I know for a lot of parents booking or attending their newborn session can feel a bit stressful. You wonder if your little one will cooperate. What if he doesn’t? Will he/she be comfortable what if he/she cries the entire time, or doesn’t sleep.  All you want is those adorable shots of your little one. You would hate to fork out the cash and him/her not cooperate and you end up with nothing.

Well… I promise you. That will not happen!  With three kids of my own (including twins) Im very confident and experienced with handling and carrying for babies. I have shot hundred of newborn sessions and know what they do and don’t like/need. Of course moms always know best and some babies just do not enjoy being unswaddled and posed, and that is OK! After all.. these are HUMANS we are dealing with here! My number one focus when you are in the studio is that baby is safe and comfortable. That’s one of the reasons I crank the studio to 30 degrees! So when your little one is naked, he’s warm and cozy.

I have had a pretty long string of chill babies lately, so I was due for a challenge. This little guy likes one thing for sure… his mamma!  My youngest daughter was the exact same way (still is at 2.5 yrs)  so when Mamma mentioned she was worried we wouldn’t get much, I could relate with how she could feel that way.

I just wanted to touch on this subject for this blog to share with people that the concerns of ‘uncooperative’ babies does not mean you will end up with anything less then beautiful images.

Melissa

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This little lady is so adorable I could just stare at her sweet face all day! Her lips get all the heart eyes! Her parents and big sis were super sweet too. Its been crazy over here so I haven’t had a chance to get everyones session on the blog, but this little sweetie was way too cute to let slip by!

Sweet Joelle. Even her name is adorable. <3

p.s

I’ll apologize now for the over usage of exclamation marks. Im just excited about things ok! 😉

 

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Getting smiles out of a newborn is rare. I mean.. we would be lucky to get ONE smile in a session. This little guy gave me 3 or 4!!! I was so happy! … and obviously so was he 😉   I like to think he just liked me, and now we are total bff’s. Mom’s gonna have to come to me now for all her pictures in the future 😉 See.. all you have to do is bond with them at just 2 weeks old, and your in for life. Its simple business 101 guys! Kidding!

But seriously, look how adorable he is!!

-Melissa

 

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One of may favourite things is getting to see the newborns I photograph, again at a year. It’s so crazy how fast time really does go by, and how much they change in just one short year. While I love newborns of course, Its so neat to see what their personalities are like at a year.  I adore this little guy, and his parents are pretty awesome too 😉

Thanks for bringing him in Brit, looking forward to seeing you again soon.

-Melissa

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When I get too behind on sessions, unfortunately the blog suffers. Meaning, I have to just burry my head in edits, and send off galleries.  I have a hand full of sessions I still need to blog, even though my clients have received their galleries months ago.  If any other photographers are reading this, please tell me I am not alone!  Its my goal at this point in my business to get galleries out within 2-3 weeks MAX! I know how exciting it is to have a photo session done, and having to wait seems like years instead of days.  I also wonder if people actually read these blogs. Do you read the write ups? Just check out the pictures? Id love to hear your feedback on this if you guys have a spare second <3

I love when it works out to get a pose parents are really hoping for. My sessions are very baby led, so if they aren’t feelin’ it. I NEVER force them. Mom really loved the ‘froggy pose’ and we even got her smiling while in that pose! YAY! Her perfect milky skin was so soft I could have snuggled her all day. Her big sister was a gem to have in the studio too. So sweet and super easy to photograph.  Thanks for choosing me to photograph your gorgeous family guys! Enjoy your images <3

-Melissa

 

 

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I was beyond excited when Anna had sent me a msg asking me to photograph her maternity session. Anna and I go way back. We were bff’s back in high school but I hadn’t seen her in years!  It was awesome to catch up, and get to help her document this special time in her life.  This session was full of laughs,  wild creatures hidden in bushes and a few … ok maybe more then a few.. thorns. lol  Now that the scratches have healed, I’m so glad we ventured into the tall grass. She looks stunning in the dress with the sun backlighting her gorgeous baby bump.

Thanks so much for coming out this way Anna, it was SO wonderful getting to see you again! <3

-Melissa

 

P.S

The dress she is wearing is the newest maternity dress added to my collection for clients to wear <3

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